Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday reiterated that the party will go ahead with the policy of ‘one family one ticket’ in the forthcoming assembly elections in Punjab.
“This decision has been taken keeping in view the larger interest of the party,” the former chief minister said in a statement, pointing out that he understood the concerns of some families which may be affected by this decision.
“But in the larger interest of the party, this is the minimum we can do,” he added, saying his wife Preneet Kaur and son Raninder Singh will also not contest the assembly elections.
He hoped everyone concerned will understand and cooperate with this policy which has been overwhelmingly hailed and appreciated by people across the state.
The Amritsar MP said, “When we accuse Badal of nepotism with so many members of his family in the assembly and criticise him, we must not do the same thing ourselves.”
He said this policy will help in creating more space within the party to accommodate more people, particularly the youth, in the electoral process.
Stating that this will also encourage first and fresh generation of new leaders who have not been born in political families but have all the attributes and qualities to become leaders, the PPCC chief said: “Let us create the space and opportunity for such promising people in the interest of the party and state.”